Journalism & Public Relations
Welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are home to 40 faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in media education. JPR programs are accredited by the ACEJMC and we offer four academic options: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
We’re excited to welcome this fall almost 100 new first-year and transfer JPR students as well as two new faculty members, Jesus Ayala, an Emmy award-winning producer from ABC News, and Kelly Puente, special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. We’re also celebrating recent faculty achievements including Professor Gwen Shaffer’s $100,000 METRANS grant, Professor Teresa Puente’s CMA Adviser Award and $10,000 Solutions Journalism grant, and Professor Madeleine Liseblad’s Rising Scholar Award from the American Journalism Historians Association. In addition, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has donated $20,000 to continue the Internship Equity Scholarship Awards and to sponsor programming during JPR Internship Week in late November. As always, advising is available to JPR students. Click HERE to view adviser availability.
Notable JPR alumni working in sports and entertainment zoomed into JPR Day in April. Michael Altieri from the Los Angeles Kings, Marc Altieri from The Brand Amp, and Crystina Poncher from ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing shared career and life tips with more than 100 students. You can view their lively and informative session here. Also during JPR Day, we recognized dozens of JPR students for their academic and extra-curricular achievements, and we awarded more than $25,000 in scholarship thanks to the inaugural HFPA Internship Equity Awards and an endowment from alumnus Michael Anastasi for the Michael and Julie Anastasi Scholarship. Meanwhile, the CSULB JPR Bateman Team continued to make waves on the national stage with an honorable mention in the public relations case study competition.